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good morning, everyone. this is tamron hall on "news nation." we're expecting an update for the ongoing escape for murderers richard matt and david sweat. hours ago, they released these new progression images of matt and sweat indicating what they could look like now after being on the run 12 days. as for the woman accused of helping them joyce mitchell she remains behind bars this morning while her husband, lyle mitchell, meets with investigators today. now, his attorney says there is no way he is standing behind his wife. lyle mitchell visited joyce in jail yesterday for the first time. nbc's stephanie goss has more on the search and the investigation. >> hey there tamron. you'll notice this is a very
different scene even than just a few days ago. the road blocks are gone kids are going back to school. they're no longer doing door-to-door searches in the direct vicinity. they're now doing an intelligence-based search that will work off tips only and that could broaden it not just in this area but across the country, potentially. meanwhile, joyce mitchell still sits behind bars. no one has posted her $1 million bail and her husband, lyle has been questioned by authorities this morning. he has not been charged and he doesn't suspect there will be charges. his wife joyce mitchell is behind bars, accused of helping two convicted murderers escape allegedly having affairs with both behind prison walls. lyle mitchell's attorney tells nbc news his client is shell-shocked, seen for the first time in public on tuesday. mitchell visited his wife in jail. joyce's lawyer said this to reporters. >> he said he's standing by her.
that's what he told me when i spoke to him. >> reporter: but lyle's attorney quickly fired back saying his client told him, quote, nothing could be furt irher from the truth. he said lyle believes richard matt and david sweat may have killed him if joyce had followed through with their escape plan. jeff dumas worked as a prison officer for 25 years, 22 in correctional. he thinks joyce mitchell and a failing system are to blame for the historic prison break. >> it's more like a college campus than it is a prison. >> reporter: after a fight broke out in the yard on may 31st, the superintendent's request for a lockdown was denied by the state corrections office according to loyal and current prison officers. >> when the search is done we check the bars we check the cell itself. those holes, if they existed at that time, they would have been found. >> reporter: one of the many questions being asked by people is how prison guards could have possibly missed the escape during their overnight bed checks. now, what current officers as
well as former officers of the prison tell us is that those cell blocks at night are very dark. they're no longer allowed to use their flashlights to shine into the cells, and that prisoners are allowed to pull up their bed sheets or even close them over their faces. we reached out to the state department of corrections as well as the new york governor's office for responses to some of these issues and they didn't get back to us. tamron? now to developing weather news. tropical depression bill is now bringing the threat of tornadoes and flash flooding as it moves through north texas and into oklahoma. bill was a tropical storm when it made landfall in texas late yesterday. flooding is the main concern as swollen creeks and rivers are overflowing their banks. bill remnants are tracking to the northeast which could affect at least seven states from texas to indiana, through the end of the week. the weather channel's chris warren reports from dallas texas. >> tamron i can tell you some big rain here in dallas and at
times the rain is very heavy, and that creates some problems. we're in the moderate category i would say, right now. you see some of the cars. it's definitely the middle of the day but headlights required. because these cars as they're driving along, they're kicking up some of the standing water and that reduces visibility. you want to see and you want to be seen. part of the problem and part of the reason there have been some road closures in the dallas-ft. worth area is because of this. you see the ponding area just on this little corner but the water starts to get out. where there are low-lying areas on the street that's where the water can puddle and it gets too deep to drive through or just too dangerous to try to drive through. this is going to be a problem for days. the immediate issue is the heavy rain coming down and getting to and from work. and then this. this is usually dry. just a little bit of a wash or culvert here, but all of the water that falls eventually drains into the streams and the creeks, and it could be a couple of days before all that water makes it in and that could be when you end up seeing the
highest water levels. so flooding short-term on the roads, long-term around the rivers and streams and creeks. and the threat for severe weather so once this moves out of texas, now we're looking at the midwest and the ohio valley all those areas do need to be on alert. i'm meteorologist chris warren in dallas. tamron, back to you. >> chris, thank you. let's bring in nbc meteorologist bill karas, and bill obviously the threat of tornadoes the focus, but this area can't take any rain given what we've seen over the last few weeks. >> yes, but they're doing okay so far. we're halfway through this storm, but up to this point the storm has been more of a nuisance than a problem. that could change in the next 24 hours and i'll explain in just a second. we just saw the weather in dallas-ft. worth. it's almost over in dallas-ft. worth after another hour or two of heavy rain. rain is falling again all the way down from the south. it's got feeder bands coming
down from the gulf so the houston area corpus christi. a pretty rural area lots of cattle country down there, they call it. so our computers are estimating -- this is doable. we can take two three inches of rain without major flooding. that's okay. further to the north, the storm has been moving pretty progressively to this point. it slows down tonight and tomorrow. from tulsa southwards these pink and purple shadings here that's four to six inches of rain. also watch in the ozarks. we're halfway through this storm and things are starting to improve. as far as the concern goes for the ohio valley in the northeast, you'll get some rain from this too, tamron as we go through saturday and sunday but nothing like what they are in texas. so this tropical storm, let's keep them moving. when they sit in one spot
that's when we get the problems. this one is moving along. also developing we are learning new details about an alleged plot to attack the super bowl last february. during a court hearing for an arizona man allegedly charged in last month's attack on an event in texas that featured drawings of the prophet mohammad. there is also an arrest on a new alleged terror plot in new york and the fbi says it's all inspired by isis. pete williams joins us from washington. pete what more information can you tell us was revealed? >> the fbi said there was talk of attacking the super bowl not perhaps as farah long along as an actual plot by a man who helped in the shooting in garland, texas. there were three people involved in that. federal prosecutors have charged this third man, abdul malik abdul kareem. he runs a carpet business in
phoenix. he's 43 years old, and investigators say he helped to plan the garland attack by the other two texas men who drove there on may 3rd and began shooting guns and were shot immediately and killed. kareem met these two people at his house. they talked about the plot. they went out in the arizona desert and practiced shooting and then he gave the two men the guns they used in the attack. then the fbi agent who was involved in this case testified late yesterday in court in phoenix that kareem also considered and talked with them about some kind of attack on the 2015 super bowl in phoenix, but there is no suggestion that that ever got beyond the talking stage. now, as for this other case in new york the fbi arrested a college student yesterday, or rather over the weekend, we learned about it yesterday, accused of planning attacks there. his name is muammar asali, age 20. he was found wandering around
the george washington bridge. he was acquiring information on how to build a bomb. tamron? >> thank you very much. we are learning more details this morning about that balcony collapse in berkeley california that killed six young students and injured seven more. engineers who have visited the scene say rotting wood may have played a factor, but the investigation is still ongoing. meanwhile, all throughout ireland flags flew at half staff out of recognition for the five students who were irish citizens visiting the u.s. jacob joins me live from berkeley. what is the latest on the investigation? >> tamron, good morning. seven students are still injured from this fall. several of those are still in critical condition. the city and property management and investigation are working together. they don't suspect foul play but they're looking into whether anything was the matter with the structure itself and one local engineer tells us there was. the absolute shock is written all over their faces,
remembering six friends taken so suddenly. >> they were so full of energy and they were so full of excitement. >> reporter: the five 21-year-old students visiting from ireland and a 22-year-old from california were celebrating a birthday party. among 13 people crowded onto that small balcony four stories up when it suddenly gave way. >> we're on kittredge street in berkeley. >> an engineer of 43 years cautions don't blame the kids. he said the 5x10 balcony shufshould have been able to support 3,000 pounds. the investigation made it clear the wood was rotted. >> the wood was compromised by water seeping in. >> reporter: property managers of the library apartment complex says their hearts go out to the victims. they're limiting other activities on the balconies and saying they're cooperating with authorities.
they released 17 pages showing meticulous inspections of the building. seven students injured, some critically the horrific accident unimaginable for so many in ireland and at home. the engineer there points out even if those 13 students had all been very large football players, that balcony still should have been able to support them. he says that also the investigation still has to be done. he knows that looking at those images it's clear to him that there was rotted wood but says there still will be a lengthy investigation to determine if in fact that was the problem. tamron? >> all right jacob, thank you very much. and coming up a major league spy scandal. the fbi is investigating the st. louis cardinals over serious allegations that they hacked into the houston astros' computers. could the cards face federal charges? a live report on this investigation. plus new reaction to donald
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sidney, take us through these allegations. where did it start? >> well it began about a year ago when a website published a bunch of information from the houston astros from their ground control database which is a terrific database of information about players at all levels around the world. now, it so happens that the general manager of the houston astros formerly worked in st. louis where he compiled the same kind of information for the cardinals. and they had a database called redbird. now, when he left for houston, did he take any information from that database? that's what the issue is here. the cardinals seem to think he did, and they had a list of passwords evidently for a tech expert. this guy didn't change his password when he went to texas, and someone in the cardinals office was able to access the information to see what the astros had. >> at this point, both teams say they're investigating here. the commissioner also seemed to be caught off guard by this.
when you look at the length of time of this investigation, is it surprising we're hearing a no comment or we don't know from higher-ups of the teams and from the league commissioner? >> i think it's possible they just don't know yet exactly where the investigation is. the investigation may have been going on. i think it initially started with the houston fbi office and now the department of justice is involved, and there is clearly a lot more going on. i think they possibly just don't know yet whether it was a rogue angry employee maybe jeff luna in houston is just ticked off or whether it goes to an i.t. person. >> have we heard anything like this happening before? i know earlier i said this is the first espionage investigation for a major league sporting team but we've had our different deflategates and teams allegedly taping other team's practices and things like that but anything that compares to
this, and could this really benefit another team? >> sure, it could. the cardinals have a great system one that's acknowledged to be the best in baseball. they've been one of top teams in baseball since the turn of the century. yeah, that's important. and the other issue is welcome to 2015. i think this is probably going to become an issue as we go forward. more and more teams are putting their information into computers. remember the nfl teams used to have playbooks that were actual playbooks. now, you know they're on ipads, it's all electronic. so i believe this is the first instance we know of. i would be surprised if it hasn't gone on before frankly. >> it's very interesting investigation, sidney. thank you so much for joining us. >> thanks. the 16-year-old boy who lost his arm in a shark attack this week in north carolina vows not to let it ruin his life. >> i'll try to fight and live a
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the family and friends, colleagues. at long last i'm so proud to be here for the installation of our 83rd attorney general of the united states, loretta lynch. [ cheers and applause ] >> i want to welcome loretta's family. her husband, steven harborough. [ applause ] >> her father reverend lorenzo lynch. [ applause ] >> we want to say to mr. lynch as well, thank you so much for your appearance. as i said when i nominated loretta in a country built on the rule of law, there are few,
perhaps no offices more important than that of attorney general. the person in this position is the american people's lawyer tasked with enforcing our federal laws and making sure they're applied evenly and equally. that's the legacy of eric holder. we are grateful for his outstanding service. [ applause ] >> as one of the longest serving attorney generals in our history. and i want to thank his wonderful life dr. cheryl malone, who is here today. where is sharon at? there she is. [ applause ] >> as attorney general, eric was driven by his fundamental belief that justice is not an abstraction. it's a very real and tangible way that our laws interact with people in their daily lives. and the good news is loretta
shares that belief. she brings her own unique style of leadership. she brings a wealth of experience to the justice department at a time when there is so much work to be done from keeping us safe from terrorist attacks to protecting our financial system to safeguarding our environment to upholding civil rights. and all of you at the justice department, public servants who do incredible workday in day in and day out, couldn't ask for a better person. she was born in greensboro north carolina. loretta was raised by a fourth generation baptist minister and a school librarian, both of whom don't seem to mind speaking their minds. that's just my quick impression. and more importantly, taught
loretta the value of speaking up for what's right. as a young girl she would go to the durham courthouse with her father and watch court proceedings, and he would tell her stories about her grandfather who risked everything to protect black people who found themselves caught up with the law but had almost no resource under jim crow. and he did this with only a third grade education, proving to loretta no matter what our circumstances, we all have the power to make a difference in the lives of others. so it's clear that both her parents had a huge influence on loretta. they are her biggest cheerleaders. apparently when she applied to work at the u.s. attorney's office and the fbi went to her house to conduct a routine background check, her parents pulled out scrapbooks of loretta's accomplishments and made the agents look through them. i'm sure loretta was mortified. and here in third grade, she got
the prize. and here's one of her old poems. i can just picture the fbi just sitting there, "yes, ma'am." the agent later told loretta that she probably wasn't a threat to america, because if she were her parents would have documented it in some way. [ applause ] >> that's something i can appreciate as a father. so loretta sees the opportunities that her family gave her to build a distinguished life in public service. after harvard college and harvard law school she rose to become a strong independent prosecutor. loretta spent years in the trenches battling terrorism and financial fraud and cybercrime. she went from the assistant u.s. attorney's office in the eastern district of new york to chief of
the long island office chief assistant u.s. attorney. long island in the house? and then u.s. attorney. she chased public corruption she helped secure billions in settlements from some of the world's biggest banks accused of fraud. she jailed some of new york's most notorious and violent mobsteres and mobsters and gang members. she pursued some of the most dangerous terrorists in cybercrime. the law is her map. justice her compass. she is tough, but she is fair. she is firm but kind. her intelligence and her judgment, her grace under fire have earned the trust and admiration of those she works with and those she serves. and even those she goes up against. in fact, it's funny that we are installing loretta today. it's not like she's been waiting
around for the embossed invitation. she hit the ground running from day one. she's already made her mark here at home and abroad because of her laser focus on the core mission of the justice department, the protection of the american people. and she understands the importance of policing and improving relationships between law enforcement and communities. she went on a six-city tour to spotlight the challenges in community policing and the progress that's being made. she understands the importance of criminal justice reform. we have to be smart on crime, not just tough. that's why she's committed to working as a partner to leaders with both parties who want to pursue reform that continues the trend of a falling crime rate and a falling incarceration rate. she understands the importance of protecting our national security while also securing our civil liberties. that's why she will safeguard the programs that are critical to protecting american lives and
americans' privacy. i see her fbi director bill comey, is here and i know he's committed to doing the same thing. she lives out the words of one of our most famous presidents robert f. kennedy. the glory of justice and magic of the law are not created just by the constitution nor order of the courts nor by masters of the law, nor by the lawyers, but by the men and women who constitute our society, who are protectors of the law as they themselves are protected by the law. that's always been the story of our nation. our strength does not come from the words we've written on the page or the laws we've put down on the books, it comes from ordinary citizens generation after generation, who do their part to uphold our founding ideals. it comes from an unshakeable
faith in our ability to stand up for what is right and to admit where we've fallen short. and then choose a better way forward. that was the cause to which loretta dedicated her life long before she became america's top law enforcement officer. today the american people can have no greater advocate for their right to equality under the law, no greater partner in securing justice for all than our attorney general, loretta lynch. [ cheers and applause ]
constitution of the united states. >> that i will defend the constitution of the united states. >> against all enemies. >> against all enemies. >> foreign and domestic. >> foreign and domestic. >> that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. >> that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. >> that i take this obligation freely. >> that i take this obligation freely. >> without any mental reservation. >> without any mental reservation. >> or purpose of evasion. >> or purpose of evasion. >> and that i will well and faithfully discharge. >> and that i will well and faithfully discharge. >> the duties of the office. >> the duties of the office. >> on which i am about to enter. >> on which i am about to enter. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. [ cheers and applause ]
place, to this department to this theater or this podium alone. and i'm no different. i owe thanks to so many whom i'm so pleased to be able to acknowledge here today. mr. president, thank you for your faith in asking me to lead the department that is the conscience of this nation that represents more than any other the fundamental promise of america of equal justice under the law. thank you, sir. [ applause ] >> justice sotomayor, thank you for your support today and over the years. you are an inspiration not just to me but to countless young women who see in you a dream made possible. thank you so much. [ applause ]
>> thanks also to my good friend and colleague, the deputy attorney general sally yates. she is an exemplary colleague, a true friend. it is my honor to lead this department with you, and i thank you. thanks to all of you who came here today exceptional public servants, distinguished guests extraordinary leaders, remarkable friends. your strength and your kindness have paved the way for all that i've been able to achieve, and i thank you. and thanks also to those without whom this day truly would not have happened. all of those who from so many affiliations worked so hard on my behalf on the road to my confirmation. you harnessed the spirit of public service the spirit of civic contribution as well as the spirit of sisterhood to make this dream come to fruition.
[ applause ] >> i thank you all today from the bottom of my heart, not just for your presence here today but in my life and on this journey. and, of course i must also thank my family. for their steadfast support not only over the last several months, but always. my father lorenzo, who never fails to match his principles with action taught me to think for myself and to serve others. my mother, lorene instilled in me a love of learning. while her faith that a more just society was possible made me imagine a world without limits a dedicated young minister who carried me on his shoulder to watch those not much older than i make history. and a courageous young p teacher who refused to let jim crow or
anyone define her. their commitment to justice and to public service has been the inspiration for my life's work. and it is why i dedicate this day, this event and this achievement to them. [ applause ] >> i must also thank my husband steve, my life's partner and my fearless champion who has never waifrd waivered in his support for my dreams. and when faced with a choice has always, always urged me to fly. and, of course i have to thank all my colleagues my friends at the department of justice for your ongoing faith in me and for giving me the opportunity to work for you as we go forth to implement the laws that set us free and bind us together as a
nation. i would not have anyone else by my side as we work to preserve our national security and our cherished liberties, to make safe the world of cyberspace, to end the scourge of modern day slavery and as we cement our relationship among those of us sought to protect and serve. these, indeed are challenging issues and challenging times. even as our world has expanded in wonderful ways, the threats that we face have evolved in measures commiserate. and every day we seem to see a disconnect between the communities we serve and the government we represent. we see all of these things. but let me tell you what else i see. i see people speaking out in the time-honored tradition that has made this country stronger. in their cries for justice, i
hear the belief that it can be attained. and they would not cry out if they did not have faith that we would answer. i see more. in our law enforcement partners' quest for support, i hear the guardians call for tools to calm the waters to keep the peace and to comfort those who fear. yes, we have great challenges but our strength as americans is to turn our great challenges into great opportunities. many of our greatest advances in equal rights in human rights have come after periods of heartbreaking loss. but they come because we choose not to give in to the twin pools of revenge and retribution, but we turn to the law. and sometimes we forget that this has never been easy. you see, over 200 years ago, we decided what kind of a country we wanted to be. and we have not always lived up
to the promises made but we have pushed ever on and with every challenge we get a little bit closer. we have held the truth of the equality of all men to be self-evident. we have fought to maintain a government of the people by the people, and for the people and we have followed a dream deeply rooted in the american dream. and at every turn when struggles threaten to tear us apart, we turn to the law to reconnect ourselves with our highest principles, to give voice to those fighting oppression, to give hope to those seeking the redress of wrongs, to give meaning to the cry of never again, and to protect those who call on us in the still, small hours of the night when they are cold and frightened. these are our values. knees these are our beliefs, and when we hold onto them we do great things. and what we have learned from
all of our challenges is not that our values are not true and good but that every generation must commit to them and work to make them real for the challenges of their time that the price of freedom is constant vigilance. this is how we have succeeded as a country, and this is how we will meet these challenges today. and if the arc of the moral universe does indeed bend toward justice as i believe that it does it takes all hearts and all hands to keep its path straight and true. my friends, i stand before you today having been blessed beyond compare. but to whom much is given, much is required. and so i make these pledges to you here today. mr. president, i pledge to you to lead this department of justice with integrity, with honor and a total dedication to the cause of justice. to the people of this great nation i pledge to you that
your protection your liberties and your rights will be my sacred charge. to the law enforcement community, i pledge that this department will be your partner as we work to carry out our highest mission, the protection of the people of this great nation. and to all my colleagues and this wonderful department of justice, i pledge to always remember that the place of justice is a hallowed place and continue to strive to be worthy of the trust that you have placed in me as we work together to uphold the constitution to protect the american people and to serve the cause of justice. and to my family my wonderful family. i pledge to strive to continue to live up to the examples that you have set. i make these pledges to and before you all upon the oath that i have taken and the honor that i hold dear. to everyone here in this room thank you again for the trust
that you have reposed in me for your faith and confidence in me and thank you for sharing this wonderful day with me. thank you, all. [ cheers and applause ] >> a very moving speech from the attorney general of the united states loretta lynch, who was officially sworn in april 27. this is a ceremony hosted by the president which he sworn in in april. vice president joe biden swore her in. a very emotional scene seeing her parents there with her, and also supreme court justice sonia sotomayor, who delivered very touching remarks as she was there to administer the oath with the abolitionist bible there. a beautiful scene, and to hear the attorney general say her promise to the country and making a pledge not only to the president but the citizens of this country to move forward. we'll continue watching the developments in washington. meanwhile, why congressman
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we are back with our first read in politics this morning. there is fallout on donald trump's entry into the 2016 race. jeb bush hits high gear. he's in iowa after speaking in new hampshire yesterday. and congressman darrell isop crashes a conference on benghazi. mark obviously the remarks that donald trump made yesterday about people from mexico coming to this country got a lot of attention. >> it has, tamron. you know we've seen celebrities
that run for office before. arnold schwarzenegger in 2003 we had al franken run for the senate jesse ventura becoming governor of minnesota. but one thing all those three people ended up doing was taking the job and taking the campaigning seriously. sticking to the issues really almost putting their celebrity aside. donald trump's performance yesterday was anything but. i think there's a reason why it's important to take his candidacy less seriously than those other examples i mentioned. >> but is there a difference between mixing a little of your select and wealth and all that and then compare that to some of the comments that he said saying that people from mexico were rapists coming into this country. we perhaps shouldn't be surprised given the remarks about the president's birth place but kasie hunt asked him about some of those comments. let's play. >> in your speech today you said that quote, some rapists are coming across the border from mexico. >> absolutely. >> what did you mean by that.
>> you have rapists. they're sending us not their finest people. and it's people from other than mexico also. we have drug dealers coming across, we have rapists, we have killers, we have murderers. what, do you think they're going to send us -- do you think they're going to send their best and finest people? the answer is no. >> that's different than bravado or some of that trump celebrity that we know. >> it is. and i think that clip just shows you the nightmare potentially for republicans if he's on the debate stage. i think people who are of descent from mexico or have friends and family in mexico would take offense to what was just said there because clearly, you know they're rapists and criminals from all over not just from mexico. and he just seemed to be singling them out. and just not a -- not something you end up hearing from serious politicians. >> let's move on to congressman darrell issa crashing a benghazi committee deposition. he was actually escorted out of
the room by committee chairman trey gowdy. >> this is fascinating because darrell issa is a member of this committee at all. he used to be the head person for the republicans doing benghazi-related things but this ended up taking away a lot of the attention being disposed yesterday, and that was sydney blumenthal, and it is worth noting that this benghazi -- this deposition was a whole lot more about hillary clinton than it is benghazi. >> very strange behavior there. thank you very much, mark. hats off, of course to the new nba champions, the golden state warriors. >> and the dream season is now complete. the golden state warriors are the 2015 nba champions. their first title in 40 years. >> come on even if they're not your team you have to be happy for them. despite another outstanding
performance from lebron james the warriors beat the cleveland cavs. a disappointed james immediately headed to the locker room. and despite our discussion yesterday, neither lebron nor steph curry named the nba finals most valuable player. that to andre agudola. joining me daily beast reporter robert silverman. he didn't need me to pronounce his name right to be the mvp there. what did you think of this last game? >> i thought andre iguodala had another outstanding game. he had 25 points and shadowed lebron all night. while there's no force on heaven or earth that can actually stop lebron james he slowed him down, he made him work for shots. when iguodala was covering lebron he held him to 38% shooting. he's a worthy mvp. i'm going to stick to my guns and say lebron still should have won but andre iguodala deserved
it. >> are you surprised this series played out the way it did? >> no. i said warriors in six at the start of the series and i was right. i was very excited about that. >> the fact remains that lebron essentially was his entire team. he had to deal with some very serious injuries. i think the sports guys like to say it's all about luck and keeping healthy. and he was fighting the health part, at least for his team. >> well yeah. every nba champion who's ever won has a certain amount of luck. things go right, things go wrong. the warriors made a bold strategic choice though after game three when they were down 2-1 inserting iguodala into the starting lineup and going small with a 6'6" power forward named draymond green at center. their tallest player was harrison barnes at 6'8" and that's what changed the course of the series. >> speaking of change what do you think will happen with the cavs? they have got to i think, make
some improvements if lebron is going to lead them next year. he's got to bring it to cleveland at some point, come on. >> well they have got some interesting choices. kevin love has said that he wants to stay but there's a legitimate question about whether they want to hold on to him. they went on an incredible streak towards the end of the year with love and kyrie irving healthy, but there's certainly a case to be made that bringing on more defensive-mindinged role players, not investing so much of the salary cap in three stars might be the better way to build a better team moving forward. you should have asked if they traded andrew wiggins, the first overall pick at all and whether they might have won if they held on to him. >> meanwhile, we'll let the warriors savor their moment before we rebuild the cavs. thanks very much robert and i love that you called it. so the nba championship was the topic of yesterday's gut check. we just told you andre iguodala
was named most valuable player but some writers argue that lebron james deserved to be mvp. yesterday we asked you do you think that lebron james should be mvp even if the cavs lose. i don't think this has ever happened. 50-50. 50% said yes, 50% said no. i don't think that's ever happened with a gut check. pretty interesting. by the way, tomorrow we've got the gut check guest coming up for you. the teacher who resigned after being criticized by parents on a book that he read to kids. that does it for this edition of "news nation." i'm tamron hall. up next, "andrea mitchell reports. before earning 1% cash back everywhere, every time and 2% back at the grocery store. even before he got 3% back on gas. kenny used his bankamericard cash rewards credit card to join the wednesday night league. because he loves to play hoops. not jump through them. that's the excitement of rewarding connections. apply online or at a bank of america near you. mmmmmm
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reporters. >> he said that he's standing by her, so that's what he told me when i spoke to him. >> reporter: but lyle's attorney quickly fired back saying his client told him, quote, nothing could be further from the truth. foul ball. the st. louis cardinals are fielding questions about whether they hacked the houston astros. the commissioner of major league baseball says there's a lot to sort out. >> in addition to what happened there's the question of who did it, who knew about it you know is the organization responsible, is the individual responsible. there's a whole set of issues that are going to need to be sorted through. and campaign cut-up. jeb bush takes some time-out to slow jam the news with jimmy fallon. >> so i know we can fix the problems facing our nation because i've already done it during my eight years in florida. >> mmm, mmm, mmm, you gauts to listen